History

11The Department of Information and Library Science (DILS), formerly Department of Department of Educational Media Science, was founded in 1971 by Mr. Fang Tong-Sheng. Mr. Fang observed the advancement in the U.S. and the needs for catching up on the areas of technology, information retrieval, and circulation of information; thus, founded the Department. In 1991, the Graduate Institute of Information and Library Science (GILS) was founded with two research concentrations: audio and visual information technology, and library and information science. In 1997, the Department of Educational Media Science underwent an reorganization, and the Department of Educational Technology became an independent academic unit as the result. In 2000 Department of Educational Media Science was formally renamed and became the Department of Information and Library Science. In 2012 an online graduate program was initiated. The program provides more than half of its courses that are certified by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, which is set of strict standards and requirements for online courses. The program offers its courses mainly online; students use the Internet to participate in class discussions, take tests, and submit assignments.